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"But frankly, the bigger play for virtualization vendors is in the cloud. For all its rapid growth, I think it's fair to call cloud computing an emerging market that hasn't been exploited or developed to the point it will be over time. Citrix obviously has ambitions here and believes that Cloud.com will give them the boost they need."
Commitment to Openness
Citrix and Cloud.com share some corporate culture: openness. The Cloud.com product line will continue to support commercial hypervisors such as Citrix XenServer and VMware vSphere, as well as open-source hypervisors like Xen.
Citrix intends to add support for Microsoft products like Hyper-V and System Center to the Cloud.com product line, as well as support a full range of "platform-as-a-service" development environments, storage systems, servers and management software. With this acquisition, Citrix will also be extending support for OpenStack, the popular open source cloud infrastructure movement that now includes more than 1,100 cloud developers, and more than 80 member companies, to the Cloud.com product line in an upcoming release later this year.
"Citrix has been a leader in the creation of OpenStack, assembling an impressive team of developers and creating Project Olympus to take open cloud-scale technology into the market," said Jim Curry, general manager of Cloud Builders at Rackspace. "With the addition of the Cloud.com team, Citrix is furthering their commitment to OpenStack, ensuring that the OpenStack platform and APIs are even more widely available to customers everywhere."